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« on: November 20, 2005, 06:43:29 AM »

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5250774&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat7000050002&id=1051384663529

 I`m looking at this for nintendo wi-fi, xbox live, and my pc. Anyone have one and care to comment? I did see another in the store that I`m not seeing here right now, and it was said to be better. I can`t really remember why though? Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 07:30:06 AM »

I have the 802.11b version and its worked very very well since I got it.  Handles my whole household (2 PCs, a PDA, a Laptop, and 5 consoles) nicely.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2005, 07:51:35 AM »

Thanks for the info. It looks like maybe this http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=299 would suit me better though actually. The linksys one seems to be have issues with live it says on the site. Any comments on this one anyone?
 
 This looks to be issue-free(well...) with both live and nintendo wi-fi.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2005, 08:48:57 AM »

The WRT54G (or GS) is pretty much the single best consumer-grade 802.11b/g router you will ever see.

It's Firmware is based on Linux, meaning it is open-source, and also hackable.  Here is a pretty good article about it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2005, 05:49:15 PM »

I completely agree with Unbreakable
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2005, 05:46:06 AM »

I have used D-Link routers for a while now, and I've never had any problems with them.  I've been happy with them.

Also, you might want to check www.newegg.com becuase Best Buy is usually a rip off for routers from what I've seen.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2005, 05:55:54 AM »

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Also, you might want to check www.newegg.com becuase Best Buy is usually a rip off for routers from what I've seen.

Best Buy (as well as most brick and mortar stores) are generally a ripoff when it comes to hardware when compared to Newegg. biggrin
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2005, 08:06:59 AM »

Thanks guys. I`d prolly go with bb because when i bought my tv there i got the rewards zone stuff, but ill def look elsewhere to see if its worth it, thx for the heads up. I did see that new revisions of the linksys router being dissussed had quite a few issues with both live! and nintendo w-fi though :roll: .
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2005, 08:51:21 AM »

I believe I have that DLINK router and it has worked quite well for me so far.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2005, 09:08:25 AM »

Well for general usage, almost any 802.11b/g router will work good.  I've been using a NetGear router for a few years.  My friend has a Belkin one which... while I dislike configuring it, and you can't do much with it aside from using it as a broadband router, it is functionally fine.

However, if the question is what is the best one, there is a clear winner in that category, and that is the WRT54G (or GS, which is the same except it can use LinkSys's 'SpeedBoost' compression algorithm).  The article I posted has a link to one of the alternative firmware sites- take a look.  You can add tons of features to the router just by using one of the alternative firmwares: we are talking functions only available on $600 business class routers.  I guess the real difference is that you can turn a piece of commercial grade equipment into the equivalent of an enterprise class wireless router as far as features are concerned.

I got the WRT54G just because I'm a geek; I really haven't even done anything with it yet  :roll:   I have a lot of hardware that ends up like that: lots of cool potential uses I don't put it to.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2005, 07:11:52 AM »

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Well for general usage, almost any 802.11b/g router will work good.  I've been using a NetGear router for a few years.  My friend has a Belkin one which... while I dislike configuring it, and you can't do much with it aside from using it as a broadband router, it is functionally fine.

However, if the question is what is the best one, there is a clear winner in that category, and that is the WRT54G (or GS, which is the same except it can use LinkSys's 'SpeedBoost' compression algorithm).  The article I posted has a link to one of the alternative firmware sites- take a look.  You can add tons of features to the router just by using one of the alternative firmwares: we are talking functions only available on $600 business class routers.  I guess the real difference is that you can turn a piece of commercial grade equipment into the equivalent of an enterprise class wireless router as far as features are concerned.

 


I got the WRT54G just because I'm a geek; I really haven't even done anything with it yet  :roll:   I have a lot of hardware that ends up like that: lots of cool potential uses I don't put it to.



See I`ve read ALOT of people are having issues with nintendo wifi with the wrt54g, just the newer revision I guess...go figure.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2005, 07:33:58 AM »

I just want to echo the positives of the WRT54G.

I don't have one myself, but I've setup two for friends and they're awesome. They also seem to handle sending their signal through walls/floors/ceilings better than any other routers I've ever used before.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2005, 04:39:37 AM »

Amazon and other places have some rather negative comments about the latest version (v5) of the WRT54G, so do your research.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2005, 06:50:37 AM »

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Amazon and other places have some rather negative comments about the latest version (v5) of the WRT54G, so do your research.


 Bingo. Now that`s what I`m talking about. I heard it`s a great router, just this revision blows!
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2005, 08:16:42 PM »

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Amazon and other places have some rather negative comments about the latest version (v5) of the WRT54G, so do your research.


I'm in the market for one of these.  Any idea where I can do this research?  I'd like to ensure I know which revision to look for when checking around here.  I found a good site that lists and shows the different revisions, but beyond the tech specs and inside looks they don't exactly go out of their way to mention DS/Xbox compatibility.

Thanks!
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